Team :

  • J-P Wigneron, PI of SMOS-IC, is Directeur de Recherche at INRAE, Bordeaux. He developed pioneer work in 2-parameter inversion of SM & VOD (Wigneron et al.,1995) at the basis on the SMOS retrieval and the L-MEB model, the forward model of the SMOS retrieval algorithm (Wigneron et al., 2007). Recently, he coordinated the development of the SMOS-IC product. His interests are in the application of remote sensing in analysing the water and carbon cycles at continental scales. He is Fellow IEEE, Associate Editor of Remote sensing of Environment, and member of the Scientific Committee of the French remote sensing data centre. H-index 58.
  • Xiaojun LI, a P.h.D student (2018-present) enrolled in the University of Bordeaux, is supervised by Jean-Pierre Wigneron to work on the topic of “Improvement of the SMOS-IC retrievals of soil moisture and vegetation L-VOD index” at the INRAE, Bordeaux. He developed the SMOS-IC version 2 (V2) retrieval product during the second academic year of his P.h.D, and is currently responsible for the evaluation and release of the SMOS-IC V2 products. His interests are in microwave soil moisture retrieval models, validation, and carbon cycle estimation. He has published as 1st author papers in RSE, Remote Sensing, IGARSS, etc. Xiaojun Li was sponsored by China Scholarship Council (201804910838).
  • Xiangzhuo Liu received the  B.S. and M.S. degree  in  surveying  and  mapping  at  the  Xi’an   University   of   Science   and Technology  and  University  of  Electronic Science and  Technology of China in 2016 and  2019,  respectively. He is currently pursuing the Ph.D degree in environment physics at the University of Bordeaux/INRAE (2019.10-present). He is focused on retrieving VOD from the active microwave satellites, as the Advanced Scatterometer (ASCAT) and sentinel-1, etc. His research interests are VOD retrievals and the application of VOD in wildfire. Xiangzhuo Liu was sponsored by China Scholarship Council (201906070167).
  • Amen Al-Yaari received the B.Sc. honors degree in geophysics (graduated with excellent grade and first rank in the class) from Damascus University, Damascus, Syria, the M.Sc. degree in water resource engineering from Lund University, Lund, Sweden, and the Ph.D. degree in microwave remote sensing and hydrology from Sorbonne University (with honor), Paris, France. From 2015 to 2018, he was employed by the INRAe (Institut national de recherche pour l’agriculture, l’alimentation et l’environnement) as a research scientist, Bordeaux, France. In 2019, he joined Sorbonne University as Assistant Professor. He spent 1 month at the Middle East Technical University, Turkey as visiting scholar in 2019. His fields of interest are in the theory and techniques for microwave remote sensing of the Earth, with emphasis on hydrology, water resources management, and vegetation monitoring. His involvement in Soil Moisture and Ocean Salinity (SMOS) mission started in 2012, with the validation of soil moisture data and development of the scientific algorithms and statistical methods to construct long and homogeneous time series of soil moisture. He has more than 50 papers in international peer-reviewed journals, and he has been a member of the Editorial Board of Geoscience since 2019.
  • Lei Fan is assistant professor in NUIST, China. He has worked in the SMOS-IC team (Bordeaux, France) from 2015 to 2019 as a postdoc, supervised by J-P Wigneron. He is interested in how the carbon cycle respond to variations in water availability at large scales, surrounding the role of vegetation water content in predicting plant carbon fluxes and growth. Recently he has worked on the application of SMOS-IC L-VOD to analyse aboveground carbon dynamics over tropics and boreal regions. He has published papers in Nat. Plants, Nat. Ecol. Evol, Nat. Commun, Sci. Adv and RSE. 
  • Mengjia Wang is a joint PhD student (2018-present, Beijing Normal University / INRAE), supervised by Jean-Pierre Wigneron in Bordeaux. Her interests are in VOD retrieval models, validation, and global carbon cycle estimation. She is currently focusing on VOD retrievals from AMSR-E/2 microwave observations. She has published papers in Remote Sensing and IGARSS. Mengjia WANG is sponsored by China Scholarship Council (201906040124).
  • Frédéric Frappart
  • Christophe Moisy
  • Erwan Le Masson

Former students associated with the developement of SMOS-IC:

  • Roberto Fernandez Moran, University of Valencia/INRAE, PhD and Post doc, SMOS-IC V105 Development   
  • Heather Lawrence,  University of Bordeaux/INRAE, PhD and Post doc, Soil L-MEB modelling   
  • Jennifer Grant,  Vrije Universiteit of Amsterdam/INRAE,PhD and Post doc, Forest L-MEB modelling   
  • Kauzar Saleh,  University of Valencia/INRAE, PhD and Post doc, Grassland L-MEB modelling   
  • Thierry Pellarin, CNRM/INRAE, Post Doc, Pre-SMOS launch global scale evaluation   
  • Mickael Parde, Sorbonne University, PhD

Main collaborations:

  • Arnaud Mialon, CESBIO, Toulouse, V105 Code and evaluation
  • Gabrielle De Lannoy, KU Leuven, Belgium, V105 evaluation
  • Ali Mahmoodi, V105 Code
  • Mike Schwank, Gamma Remote Sensing, Zurich, Switzerland, 2-Stream version of SMOS-IC